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 Post subject: Finally got my wire harp
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:00 pm 
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After some years of contemplation, and a year of saving and searching

Triplett 25 str. Love it!


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Lucky you. I have no intentions of playing a harp but I often dream that I'm playing one. I did last night.

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Randal wrote:
After some years of contemplation, and a year of saving and searching

Triplett 25 str. Love it!


Congratulations!

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Hi,

Congratulations! Another wire harper out there now. :) What metal are the strings made of?

I play a copy of the Downhill harp with brass strings (Dennis Hampson's harp, probably better known as the harp that's on display at the Guinness store house in Dublin).

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...the standard phosphor bronze set that Triplett provides for this harp.

I live where not many wire harps are available (Western Montana), and yet--there is a Triplett 30 strung with brass that has been for sale in a nearby town. I've been thinking about that! :pint:


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If you're by any chance thinking of taking lessons with someone, my friend, Ann Heymann (from Minnesota), offers Skype lessons that are excellent value for money. Nobody in the world of the wire-strung harp has managed to pull of a style as exquisite and sophisticated as hers, at least in my humble opinion. I've taken quite a few myself and have never been disappointed. :)

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If you're by any chance thinking of taking lessons with someone, my friend, Ann Heymann (from Minnesota), offers Skype lessons that are excellent value for money. Nobody in the world of the wire-strung harp has managed to pull of a style as exquisite and sophisticated as hers, at least in my humble opinion. I've taken quite a few myself and have never been disappointed. :)

And also in mine. Fantastic player. :thumbsup:

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Randal wrote:
After some years of contemplation, and a year of saving and searching

Triplett 25 str. Love it!


Congratulations Randal! Please don't tell my wife (she has three harps already), though I do love the sound of a wire-strung harp.

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... Ann Heymann ... Nobody in the world of the wire-strung harp has managed to pull of a style as exquisite and sophisticated as hers, at least in my humble opinion.


I will have to look for some recordings of her I guess. Derek Bell (was) and Siobhán Armstrong is right up there at the top my list right now.

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Siobhan's a good friend and mentor of mine, too. :) She's just lovely.. Great playing too, particularly if you're interested in baroque styles!

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Siobhan's a good friend and mentor of mine, too. :) She's just lovely.. Great playing too, particularly if you're interested in baroque styles!


I love the older Irish tunes particularly and appreciate those who find them and keep them alive. To that end, I really like Kathleen Loughnane's music and harping also.

I see you are in Glasgow; my wife is from Hamilton.

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Randal wrote:
After some years of contemplation, and a year of saving and searching

Triplett 25 str. Love it!

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clairseoir wrote:
... Ann Heymann ... Nobody in the world of the wire-strung harp has managed to pull of a style as exquisite and sophisticated as hers, at least in my humble opinion.


I will have to look for some recordings of her I guess. Derek Bell (was) and Siobhán Armstrong is right up there at the top my list right now.


Derek Bell played a nylon-strung lever harp, not a wire harp. Do you by any chance mean Patrick Ball?

Wire harps are played differently, and have a very different sound, from nylon harps.

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An Draighean wrote:
clairseoir wrote:
... Ann Heymann ... Nobody in the world of the wire-strung harp has managed to pull of a style as exquisite and sophisticated as hers, at least in my humble opinion.


I will have to look for some recordings of her I guess. Derek Bell (was) and Siobhán Armstrong is right up there at the top my list right now.


Derek Bell played a nylon-strung lever harp, not a wire harp. Do you by any chance mean Patrick Ball?

Wire harps are played differently, and have a very different sound, from nylon harps.

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Derek Bell did indeed play the cláirseach.
He didn't however use the fingernail technique in playing it.
His album Carolan's Receipt opens with the wire strung harp.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQFC_V_I ... ata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQFC_V_IS0E

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Derek Bell did indeed play the cláirseach.
He didn't however use the fingernail technique in playing it.
His album Carolan's Receipt opens with the wire strung harp.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQFC_V_I ... ata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQFC_V_IS0E


All harps are "cláirseacha" in Irish, regardless of how they're strung (even pedal harps). The wire-strung harp is An Chláirseach Ghaelach -- The Gaelic Harp -- or An Chruit.

The way he's playing there, it doesn't really sound very much like a wire-strung. It's not just the lack of using the nails...he's really over-damping. A great part of the charm of the wire harp is in the drone effect achieved by letting the strings ring.

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